April 19, 2008
WASHINGTON - The American University men's and women's track teams combined for six victories Saturday at the Centennial Track Meet hosted by Mount St. Mary's University. Senior Kate Lilley and junior Meghan Mason turned in first-place performances for the women's team while juniors Carlos Jamieson and Frank Borden, who set a new AU high jump record, earned two of four victories for the men.
Lilley won the women's 800 meter run in 2:19.73, a full six-plus seconds ahead of Howard's Ashley Hudges who placed second in 2:26.05. Lilley's time represents a new personal record and moves her from ninth to sixth on AU's all-time list. The victory is Lilley's third of the season after having also won the 1500 meter last week at the Bison Outdoor Classic and the 3000 meter in the team's season opener.
Mason placed first in the women's 3000 meter run, marking her first victory of the season. Mason finished in a time of 10:44.21, well in front of the event's second-place finisher, Elizabeth Kessler from Mount St. Mary's, who finished in 10:59.66.
Jamieson recorded the men's team's first victory, taking first in the 800 meter run. Jamieson finished in 1:51.85, nearly five seconds faster than Howard's Richard Williams who finished second in 1:56.68. Jamieson's time represents a new personal best for the junior, putting him eighth on AU's all-time list, and is the third fastest time posted by a Patriot League harrier in the event this year. The victory is Jamieson's second of the spring after having also won the 1500 meter run at the Coastal Carolina Invitational during the team's opening weekend.
Borden, who is also a member of the men's basketball team and started in AU's NCAA Div. I Tournament game against Tennessee, earned AU's first victory in a field event of the season and set a new AU record in the process. Borden won the high jump with a final height of 1.95 meters (6'4.75"), edging out Corey Brown who competed unattached and cleared a final height of 1.88 meters. Borden's jump also edged out AU's former record holder in the event, Peter Holmes, who cleared a height of 6'4" in 1968.
Borden also competed in 400 meter hurdles where he placed second in 57.99 behind Mount St. Mary's Louis Gibilisco who finished in 54.41.
Freshmen Conor Sullivan and Kyle Gaffney rounded out AU's winning performances, placing first in the 1500 meter run and 3000 meter run, respectively. Sullivan earned his first career outdoor victory with a 4:03.29 in the 1500, holding off teammate Jeff Brannigan who finished second in 4:03.41. Gaffney's victory in the 3000 came in a time of 8:53.02, placing him more than 34 seconds ahead of Longwood's Matt Gordon who finished in 9:27.74.
The Centennial Track Meet was a non-team scoring meet.
The AU men's and women's track teams will return to action next week as they travel to Philadelphia, Pa., for the Penn Relays which begin on Tuesday, April 22, and conclude on Saturday, April 26.